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Mar 5, 2019

Students trade backpacks for beakers

By Saloni Nayar @saloni
Snow and icy road conditions could not stop more than 125 high school students from gaining hands-on experience in Mayo Clinic’s research laboratories. On Feb. 26, sophomores through seniors from nearly 25 southeast Minnesota high schools took part in the 18th biennial Celebration of Research. Students donned lab coats and [...]
Students trade backpacks for beakers
Mar 4, 2019

Research News Roundup-February 2019

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
The Mayo Clinic Research News Roundup includes brief summaries and links to research news releases from the past month. It also connects readers to related resources. Read on for more information from Mayo Clinic Research. Mayo Clinic researchers identify gene that may predict pancreatic cancer in people with Type 2 diabetes Mayo [...]
Research News Roundup-February 2019
Mar 1, 2019

Mayo Clinic advancing the science of health care delivery at the Society of Behavioral Medicine's 40th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
For more than 150 years, Mayo Clinic has pursued continuous improvements in health and health care delivery. The Mayo Clinic Robert D. Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery is Mayo's innovative driver for change, building on this strong history of taking a scientific approach to compassionate care. It [...]
Mayo Clinic advancing the science of health care delivery at the Society of Behavioral Medicine's 40th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions
Feb 28, 2019

Feeling lonely in the emergency department? It may matter more than you think.

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
Waiting in the emergency room is not only frustrating for patients, but could contribute to future hospitalizations, shows new research. A collaborative team within the Mayo Clinic Emergency Department Clinical Engineering Learning Laboratory is working to improve the quality of care in emergency medicine. Researchers and health care providers work [...]
Feeling lonely in the emergency department? It may matter more than you think.
Feb 27, 2019

Leading the charge in regenerative medicine

By Jennifer Schutz @jenniferschutz
Regenerative medicine therapies aim to rebuild and restore health to patients challenged by chronic conditions and degenerative diseases. Despite advances in the field, much of the science is still in early research phases, meaning that many treatments haven’t been proven safe and effective for humans as standard-of-care therapies yet. Because [...]
Leading the charge in regenerative medicine
Feb 26, 2019

Bone Marrow Stem Cells Stall Out in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

By Sara Tiner @saratiner
For patients who have chronic lymphocytic leukemia, fighting off a serious infection can be difficult and often is just not possible. And a team of Mayo researchers is starting to find out why in a paper published recently in the journal Leukemia. What is Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia? This disease is [...]
Bone Marrow Stem Cells Stall Out in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Feb 22, 2019

Students swap backpacks for lab coats at upcoming 'Celebration of Research'

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Rochester, Minnesota, area high school students will meet Mayo Clinic researchers and tour their laboratories at the upcoming 18th biennial Celebration of Research. The daylong conference on Tuesday, Feb. 26, enables students in grades 10–12 to learn about biomedical science and research careers. “We are excited to welcome students from [...]
Students swap backpacks for lab coats at upcoming 'Celebration of Research'
Feb 21, 2019

Probiotics: One size does not fit all

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
This article originally appeared on the Center for Individualized Medicine blog The allure of probiotics can be hard to resist. Popular belief holds that when you take probiotics in pill, powder or food, you boost your gut health with a powerful antidote to digestive diseases. But what exactly are probiotics, and [...]
Probiotics:  One size does not fit all
Feb 19, 2019

It takes a village

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
Home-based palliative care may not be a simple doctor-patient relationship, but the value it adds is simple to understand It takes a village to raise a child. The inputs and interactions with many adults across their community serve to usher children through the ups and downs of life into adulthood [...]
It takes a village
Feb 18, 2019

Head to the Lab for the Treatments of Tomorrow

By Sara Tiner @saratiner
Medical breakthroughs start in the lab with a phase of research called discovery science. It helps to understand how the body functions and how disease begins at the most basic level. That in turn provides insight into how whatever has gone wrong can be fixed. To kick off the medical [...]
Head to the Lab for the Treatments of Tomorrow
Feb 14, 2019

Using brain organoids to uncover causes of neuropsychiatric disorders

By Colette Gallagher @colettegallagher
Mayo Clinic and Yale University collaborated in a study published in Science to create a new model for studying neuropsychiatric disorders in early human brain development. This unique collaboration brought together Mayo Clinic’s team-based, patient-centered research with Yale researchers to discover and analyze the genetic mechanisms that may cause these [...]
Using brain organoids to uncover causes of neuropsychiatric disorders
Feb 13, 2019

Coping with the "work of being a patient"

By Caitlin Doran @caityrosey
There’s no getting around it: being a patient is hard work. And it gets even harder for patients living with multiple chronic conditions. This “work” is made of up all the responsibilities and tasks doctors ask patients to take on in order to access and use health care and in [...]
Coping with the
Feb 12, 2019

Mayo Clinic discovery advances potential individualized treatment for mesothelioma

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Large chromosomal rearrangements present in mesothelioma could make it possible to understand which patients are likely respond to immunotherapy,  researchers at the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine  have discovered. The research is published in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology. “What we’ve shown so far is that these large complex [...]
Mayo Clinic discovery advances potential individualized treatment for mesothelioma
Feb 11, 2019

Zooming in on Colon Polyps

By Kate Ledger @k8ledger
Gastroenterologists agree that removing a colorectal polyp is an important step in preventing colon cancer, but one challenge has been excising polyps that are large, particularly those that are flat and more than an inch in diameter. A recently introduced minimally-invasive approach, called endoscopic mucosal resection, or EMR, facilitates the [...]
Zooming in on Colon Polyps
Feb 7, 2019

Eva Galanis, M.D.-Bitten by the virotherapy bug

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Every day more than 1,600 Americans die from cancer. Most of them have cancer that can’t be cured with traditional methods — surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. The father of Evanthia Galanis, M.D., was one of them. He died in the late 1990s from melanoma when his daughter was a junior faculty member at Mayo [...]
Eva Galanis, M.D.-Bitten by the virotherapy bug
Feb 6, 2019

Mayo Clinic investigators receive research awards from 'Regenerative Medicine Minnesota'

By Jennifer Schutz @jenniferschutz
Regenerative Medicine Minnesota (RMM) recently announced the 2019 Regenerative Medicine Minnesota Research Awards. This year's research grants are aimed at developing better therapies for people with diabetes, cartilage injury, heart disease, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, spinal cord injury, neurological disorders, and age-related macular degeneration. The grants are awarded to [...]
Mayo Clinic investigators receive research awards from 'Regenerative Medicine Minnesota'
Feb 5, 2019

Research News Roundup-January 2019

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
The Mayo Clinic Research News Roundup includes brief summaries and links to research-related news releases from Mayo Clinic in the past month. It also connects readers to associated resources. Read on for more information from Mayo Clinic Research. Minnesota Partnership awards 5 collaborative research grants Diabetes, stress-induced aging and Alzheimer's disease, [...]
Research News Roundup-January 2019
Feb 4, 2019

"Only" a medical student, already advancing the science

By Jon Holten @jonholten
Rosalie Sterner is already impressive, concurrently pursuing her M.D. and Ph.D. degrees through Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. However, recently she made additional waves, as the lone medical student to receive the 2018 Outstanding Abstract Achievement Award from the American Society of Hematology. Sterner received this award and [...]
Jan 31, 2019

New data gives clarity to allergy doctors and their patients

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
In a new study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Mayo Clinic researchers present the first population-based evidence showing how often food allergies are diagnosed in people. The study also determined which foods are most likely to cause allergic reactions in different age groups. “There were no previous population-based estimates for [...]
New data gives clarity to allergy doctors and their patients
Jan 29, 2019

The Newbies Weigh In - Women in cardiology

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Diversity and inclusion are integral to Mayo Clinic's mission to provide excellent, culturally relevant care in a welcoming environment to patients from a wide variety of backgrounds and creating an inclusive work environment where differences are valued, allowing individuals to achieve and contribute to their fullest potential. The women featured [...]
The Newbies Weigh In - Women in cardiology
Jan 24, 2019

Golden era in medicine: Regenerative medicine symposium looks to the future

By Jennifer Schutz @jenniferschutz
Practice advancements, scientific discoveries, product development and access to care were just a few of the topics featured at the 2018 Mayo Clinic Symposium on Regenerative Medicine and Surgery, held earlier this month in Scottsdale, Ariz. Over 200 providers, scientists, educators, students, entrepreneurs and patient advocates were in attendance to share knowledge [...]
Golden era in medicine: Regenerative medicine symposium looks to the future
Jan 22, 2019

Pharmacogenomics: finding the right drug, dose for cancer therapy

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
By Sharon Rosen Each year, nearly 300,000 patients receive the lifesaving chemotherapy 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) to treat many types of cancer, including colorectal, breast, bowel, skin, pancreatic, and esophageal cancer. While it can be an effective treatment, it doesn’t work for everyone. In fact, up to 30 percent of those who [...]
Pharmacogenomics: finding the right drug, dose for cancer therapy
Jan 17, 2019

RIGHT 10K: Blazing a trail to health care's future

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Article by Barbara Toman This article originally appeared on the Center for Individualized Medicine blog Mayo Clinic's Center for Individualized Medicine (CIM) is nearing the finish line of the first stage of its unique RIGHT 10K study—an effort that doesn't involve running shoes but nevertheless is paving the way to [...]
RIGHT 10K: Blazing a trail to health care's future
Jan 15, 2019

A hard look at a devastating heart disease

By Kate Ledger @k8ledger
Though rare, cardiac sarcoidosis is a condition that can wreak havoc on the heart. It can be triggered by environmental or infectious agents and is characterized by an overactive immune response, involving clusters of white blood cells that aggregate in heart tissue. Those clusters can result in the need for [...]
A hard look at a devastating heart disease
Jan 14, 2019

New algorithms help predict diabetes treatment failure

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Metformin is the recommended first line treatment for type 2 diabetes, and is often used to prevent progression of prediabetes to diabetes. Unfortunately, it will not work for over one third of patients who take it, a condition called “therapeutic failure.” Historically there has been little way of knowing whether [...]
New algorithms help predict diabetes treatment failure
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